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, anywhere from five to eight points in virginia. that's where the two candidates will be today. romney is writing off all the battleground polling putting the president in the lead. he did so specifically yesterday on abc. take a listen. >> i'm very please wtd some polls. less so with other polls. but frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down. i don't expect to get 100% of the vote. i know i'm not going to bet 100%. i hope to get 50 plus percent and make sure that i become the next president. >> as we look at this realistically, 40 days to go, we have gallup daily tracking putting romney within four points of the margin of error. the romney campaign and the republican super pacs have only just begun unleashing its ma massive campaign cash. can romney use the debates, use all of that money in reserve to reverse his fortunes going forward? >> well, we don't put much stock in polls, good or bad, at this point, particularly 40 days out. we are coming in to the debater isries in which we know that americans really start to focus more in a more laser like way on the choice that
romney will hold a campaign event in virginia within the hour still causing a stir after doubling down on his criticism of president obama as an poll guest in chief. politicians here and home and oversay sea oversay sees debating the judgment. >> these are moments that test the characters of the candidates. >> there is a lack of leadership there and that's what i would be hoping about and i hope mitt romney will be looking at the big picture. >> i think it was a big mistake. and it was because we're at the point of the campaign now where these impressions start to harden into concrete. >> you know what else it was, it was desperate. it was a desperate political tactic at a time that a u.s. ambassador was dead. >> nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in cairo and we have the name of one of the two security individuals killed. one of the people killed identified as glen doherty, a native of winchester, mass. he served as navy s.e.a.l. for nine years leaving the navy in 2005 to go into private security. we know it's been hours since this attack. we've hd secretary clinton
talk about virginia as well. the president was able to turn both of those states for years ago. you mentioned that he's down -- president obama down in north carolina. how is he looking in virginia? and how is he looking also out west in colorado and nevada? >> well, he is -- it's a dead heat in virginia. and you have a very tough senate race there with tim king and george allen coming into play. in virginia, we're seeing a lot of this outside money and this dark money getting dumped that is keeping this state so tight. in colorado, this is a state where obama has had a lot of success and he's got a slight edge out there right now. what you're going to see if all these states is president obama's campaign and the democrats launching just as many ads and going toe-to-toe with romney and the republicans because they can't afford to let the republicans spend all this money unanswered. >> andy kroll, thank you. >>> the latest gallup daily tracking poll showing president obama opening up a five-point lead over mitt romney, his biggest since july. it is outside the margin of error now. th
starts with a rally in ohio tomorrow. later in the week, he will be in new york, florida, virginia, and louisiana. he will also, as we just mentioned a few moments ago, be traveling to wisconsin saturday. we'll have more on these stories over the next hour. >>> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu making the rounds on this morning's political shows. the question that kept coming up, is president obama doing enough to back israel and monitor iran? t netanyahu tried to stay out of american politics but stressed someone has to draw a line restricting iran's nuclear ambitions. >> i think as they get closer and closer and closer to the achievement of weapons-grade material -- and they're very close. they're about six months away. i think you have to place that red line before them now. >> nbc's mike vicarus standing by for us now. does the white house hear those words as a shoutout today? >> i think there's no question that there's been tension between these two leaders, president obama and prime minister netanyahu. but there are things they agree on. first of all, they agree that
them a shot at florida. they're also trailing in virginia and also trailing in huo and a lot of folks say to win 1600 pennsylvania avenue, you have to win two of those three states so they have their work cut out for them. >> i want to remind our viewers at home when paul ryan begins to speak there in overrulrlando, w bring it to you live. thank you. appreciate your time. >>> president obama using his weekly radio and web address to blast congress for adjourning with a lot of work still on the table. the house gaveled out its last vote thursday afternoon, its shortest question in 50 years. >> when they skipped town they left a bunch of proposals on the table, actions that will create middle class jobs and strengthen security. these ideas have been around for months. the american people want to see them passed. apparently some members of congress are more worried about their jobs and paychecks this season than they are about yours. >> let's bring ingest ca taylor. ana marie cox, correspondent for "the guardian" and jonathan, opinion writer for the "washington post." >> hi, craig. >> be
to run ads in ohio, virginia, and florida alone. we'll have more on these stories the the next two hours right here. more now, though, on the last minute cancellation by the romney campaign in colorado. peter alexander joining us now by telephone from pueblo, colorado. the governor was supposed to be speaking in about three hours. >> craig, we are here in denver. we're intending to join the campaign but they gave us a heads-up that the event was canceled. it happened at the result of an experimental plane that crashed earlier this morning where one person was killed and ended up closing two runways. as long as it's under investigation the campaign didn't want to interfere with the emergency response efforts that take place there. clearly that's going to have an impact when a candidate comes into town with all the security he would draw. romney heads off to the state of california, which won't be a competitive state but will speak to a hispanic group. right now he's losing among the latinos and hispanics 2-1. he will follow through the course of this week hitting several battleground stat
york city and then a set of whirlwind stops through ohio, florida, virginia before hitting milwaukee at the end of the week. the first time he's going to wisconsin this election cycle. joining me now, dough sdchlt ominico. he enjoys the occasion al beer, but milwaukee, really? >> maybe, maybe not. it's not just for the beer. milwaukee is an area that president obama has to run up the score to win. with picking paul ryan, it really shouldn't be all that surprising that wisconsin would be close. we've had it in the toss up column the entire time. it was the closest state of the 2004 presidential election just 0.38 percentage points separated john kerry and george w. bush. >> but then 14 points separated president obama and john mccain four years later. what's happened? >> the same 2008. and it looks a whole lot more like 2004. it could be a base election, slightly lower turnout than 2008. we've seen undecided voters say maybe they won't go to the polls. >> the stops next would he be also speaking volumes about money. anytime either one of them goes to this morning or california, it's a
blue. we mentioned, wisconsin, colorado, virginia, iowa, ohio, florida. we remind everybody this time four years ago, now president obama's campaign under fire while nor dad saw a boost. four years earlier, president bush calls it black september. nothing seemed to be going their way. what do you think can help the romney campaign shift the tide? they've had three very tough weeks. >> yeah. i think obama's comment yesterday saying that, you know, he can't change washington from the inside. he was the candidate that ran on hope and change. just pushing the economy, the economy, the economy, the economy. one thing republicans really respond to is aggressive leadership. that might be what romney hasn't been doing. he really needs to be aggressive, a statesman and hit it home. we're all concerned as republicans. poll the don't look good. that being said i know enough, been on enough campaign, my father declared dead more times than any politician possible. things can change in six weeks. >> i mentioned iowa. seven days until we get early voting there. by this time tomorrow, half the count
in 2008. look at the swing states. virginia has made 11 times more phone calls, 12 times more door knocks than in 2008. in ohio a similar story. you see four times more phone calls than in 2008 and in colorado three times more phone calls. however, they concede that democrats have a powerful ground game as well when you look at the match-up there. in virginia democrats have 44 offices compared to republicans who have about half that number. ohio democrats have 123 offices as compared to republicans who have 41 democratic officials saying their ground game is the bread and butter of the obama campaign. republicans stress it's not about the number of offices. it's about voter outreach, and they feel confident about that right now. >> you're tagging along with with the president as he heads to nevada. he has three days to do preparations there for the debate. do you know what's on the agenda? >> reporter: they're being a little closed-lip about the specific agenda, but they say it's an intensive three days of debate preparation. they also point out this is taking place in a swing state, so y
trip, st. petersburg, kississime. mitt romney has an event in virginia beach. he's down on sunday. we understand he'll appear on "meet the press." no shortages of appearance for both these men over the course of the next several days. >> must see tv for sure. mike, thank you. stay with msnbc for live coverage of today's campaign stop in new hampshire. there it is coming up at 12:20 for you. >>> joining me now is msnbc contributor and former chief economist in economic policy advisor to vice president joe biden. as we dive deeper into these jobs numbers while the unemployment read did drop, job growth was weaker. let's take a look at the gop reaction. mitt romney was fast to say this is more the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery. house speaker john boehner weighed in. and house majority leader, eric cantor saying these jobs numbers aren't good enough. no president has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above that 8% mark. is the president facing a head wind or a tail wind on the direction of the jobs before this election? >> i c
's wing man on the ticket paul ryan echoing the line of attack just over an hour ago in virginia. >> president obama said that he believes in redistribution. mitt romney and i are not running to redistribute the wealth. mitt romney and i are running to help americans create wealth. >> so speaking of the president, he spoke out about mitt romney's remarks for the very first time last night in a late night interview with david letterman. >> when i meet republicans as i'm traveling around the country, you know, they are hard working, family people. they care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president you got to work for everybody not just for some. >> with political buzzards circling romney's campaign does he need a game change or does he stay this course? >> conservatives are now circling around mitt romney, speaking truth to power saying this is not working. >> they've been asking why can't you reset this campaign? why can't big changes be made right now to the team? >> romney is behind but this race is not over despite what you might read on
to the president. the president has widened his lead in three crucial swing states, ohio, virginia and florida. >> absolutely for mitt romney, if he's going to turn the corner, he's going to have to turn it quickly. >> there's no doubt this campaign is adrift and without mitt romney being more active, engaged an specific, this could spell a second term which i would not be upset about at all from president obama. >> from the 47% to the polls, what's team romney's rescue strategy? more mitt and then more mitt. the candidate who put fund-raising at the forefront this week will next week be back on the trail and next week with this three-day bus tour of ohio lined up. we'll bring in today's political power panel, joe watkins, a romney surrogate and former bush white house aid, karen finney, former dnc director and jackie kucinich, politics reporter for "usa today." paul, i'll start with you. paul ryan said to a gop conference that this will be an up-and-down race. they're going to try to distract us. romney kept pushing this 100% at the event last night that we saw in miami, also trying to make i
discussing as well in virginia. they recognized that it was a bad couple of weeks, but they are defilly optimistic and fair to say, craig, the campaign advisers recognize they have to effectively deliver their economic message, and the core message right now and they can't waste any more time. >> defiantly optimistic. and while i have you here ten days before the first debate, are you hearing how the debate prep is going? yes, mitt romney was in los angeles yesterday raising close to $6 million by some accounts in beverly hills when his wife, ann, was there and you know about the smoke that forced her to have an emergency landing here in denver, and he described it as her choking and rubbing her eyes at one moment, but that is an aside, while in l.a. he was joined by rob portman who has been playing the role of the foe, foe barack obama, and they are trying to inflate the expectations for the opponent and trying to lower their own expectations, but say all sorts of nice things which they don't do very often unless there is a strategic effort going on and saying, well, mitt romney has ha
, governor romney is down in virginia, down in north carolina, we just talked about new hampshire, he's down in new hampshire. i mean, he's down in states where six months ago, you guys thought these would certainly be states that were in the red column. >> well, i mean, here's what i would say to you, is we still have a race to run here. as you're saying, we have debates to go through, and many of these -- look, the indicator i would look at is the president's job approval rating. a couple of days ago, he reached that magic 50% in his job approval rating for only the second time really in the past six months. today i looked at his gallup job approval ratings, they're already back down to 48. this president has trouble sustaining a job approval rating above 50%. as long as he's below 50%, he's in jeopardy. so i'm saying, it's in his hands. he could be in a stronger position, but for whatever reason, people who voted for him last time, there's enough people who voted for him last time who are still waiting for him to close the deal with them and he hasn't done it. >> i want to play something
, of course, and key swing state, the other states on the floor with the beth seats are virginia, colorado, nevada, iowa, key important battleground states, states like new york very blue are way up in the rafters where you can't even see. they have a great view anyway every manner of jumbotron and video screen here. while the campaign is trying to downplay the significance of not having a big outdoor event and push back any discussion of this enthusiasm gap, it does mean a lot. they did want to have this huge, huge gathering as they did back in 2008 because a lot of big gatherings that the president was able to generate in the final weeks and days of the campaign were credited with helping push him over the top. they are trying to say they'll have just as much excitement here tomorrow night. thomas? >> ron allen, i appreciate it. julian castro made headlines for his keynote address but it was his daughter who really stole the show. there she is, carina victoria castro flipping her hair back and forth. she is already a social media star. we'll talk about that. of course you can find out mo
in virginia and ohio and in florida. this is a key battleground states that could affect the election in november. joining me is congressman jim moran who sits in the iraq caucus, and also on the defense submit t subcommitt subcommittee. sir, glad to have you here and the president has closed the gap when it comes to the economy and who is best to handle that, but still a majority of the americans don't believe that the country is on the right track. in your estimation, what does that mean for the message of your party and the president going forward? >> i think that we have to be honest, obviously, but these polls reflect a thoughtful electorate, and particularly in the most important three battleground states. the american people understand that, you know, we are not losing 800,000 jobs a month like we were at the end of the bush administration, but that the glass is only half full. the problem is that the romney/ryan team would empty the glass all over again with more bush-type tax cuts forthemsel s themselves and for the rich without regard for the rest of us, and accompanied by
virginia where president obama will speak in about an hour at norfolk state university. his party prepare to go kick off their convention in north carolina today at 5:00 p.m. eastern. tonight is the first lady's big night in charlotte. mitt romney will be largely off the trail today. he's taking advantage of the dnc to do debate prep in vermont. romney off the trail, his running mate on. paul ryan will be out on the road after delivering a pre-convention argument yesterday in north carolina. now, ryan has had two stops planned for today. around noon he'll speak at a victory rally in ohio. his second stop of the day is iowa. ron mott is traveling with congressman ryan. ron, good morning. >> reporter: good day to you. he's going to speak here later this afternoon. the ticket going aggressively after the young voter. in fact paul ryan has a line in his speech, we'll have to see if he elicits that today, where he says a lot of folks who voted for president obama four years ago can't find work, they're sleeping on a twin bed looking up at a fade obama poster on the ceiling. this morning he was
to be driving from state to state and go okay welcome to virginia. oh, don't touch me, we're not married here. it's ridiculous. it should be across the board. >> one thing i'm excited about tomorrow night we'll sit down and tape a special for logo. it's called the "new now next vote with wanda sykes" and election special where you're looking through the lgbtprism of things. what do you hope to accomplish? >> i thought it would being a great for logo to have a show that was not about drag queens. but also i just think it's very important that logo gets -- has something to talk about the election and to present the ideas and platforms of each party, cut through all the rhetoric, cut through the lies and say okay this is what you're going to get with this guy, this is what you're going to get with this guy. now go vote. >> a great night. i look forward to it. thanks. wanda sykes, mom, wife, funny lady, renaissance woman for everyone. thanks again. i just want to point out that logo special, it's going to air on september 109 th at 10:00 p. eastern. we'll remind you but plenty of companies do th
arguably. these are the three most important states. florida, ohio, and virginia. to what can we attribute the president's bounce in these states? >> i think the convention was certainly a turning point. republicans are calling this the sugar high from the democratic conventions. and the big speech obviously there in addition to barack obama's was bill clinton's well received speech, the obama campaign knows that that played really well. they focus group and test everything. and the ad that you've seen more all over the country from the obama campaign is this choice ad where you see bill clinton talking about the choice in this election. the obama campaign out with an ad just this morning that also brings bill clinton in. and then pivots to barack obama. so the obama campaign really playing up the clinton speech. and i think the romney campaign if they wind up losing will look back three months and say what a that is it was to build up bill clinton as this truth sayer for the republican party to say, oh, barack obama's in the like bill clinton. the problem is bill clinton's alive and he ca
in virginia by the same margin. and in ohio, president obama hits 50%. he's seven points ahead of mitt romney there. mitt romney had trouble courting the conservative base. can he count on them to push him through the general election? we'll talk to tony perkins. they have a big event in d.c. this weekend. and also thoughts about secrecy, drones and tax returns. and you might be surprised about what he has to say a little bit later, the president pulling out some serious star power to bring some serious cash. how many millions will two of the biggest names on the planet be able to pull in? copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumo
's having trouble in some of these must-win swing states, ohio, florida and virginia. so he's got to turn this thing around. we'll see that in the coming days. >> as we drill down on one of the articles, susan, everyone's talking about the front-page story on politico, "inside the campaign, how mitt stumbled." it talks about how romney's top strategist, stewart stevens, is responsible satellite/radar some of the major missteps here. here's what bay buchanan said on "the daily rundown." >> this story is ridiculous. i have been in many presidential campaigns. the key to a good one and governor romney is absolutely clear about, this he doesn't want yes people. he wants people who are going to tell him exactly what they think. you have a good, strong discussion. a final decision is made by the governor. >> if this is correct, any of these indications we've been reading in the papers, is this a problem with mitt romney? >> it's a problem that it got out to the public more than anything else. to see disagreements play out in a campaign is not unusual. to see them play out at this stage is. so t
campaigner stayed off the trail for so long in the stretch. what romney needs to do is get into virginia and run for sheriff. this is not rocket science. matt, assistant formerly to president bush. not just lindsey graham and campaign reporters, a lot of headlines like this one we found from the detroit free press, romney's sparse campaign schedule worries some republicans. it does seem like odd timing for such a gap. what's happening here? >> every candidate is unique and every campaign is different. one thing governor romney realizes with the polling so tight, almost even in most polls, he's looking at this race as potentially similar to 1980 when the polls going into that very first debate less than two weeks away were tight as well between ronald reagan and jimmy carter. i think he's taking the time to do the briefing he needs to knock it out of the park in that first debate because it will be an incredibly important moment in that election. >> you believe in addition to fund-raising he has been spe spending a significant amount of time on debate prep. >> i do. every candidate and ca
for a republican since 1984. so my sense is if obama loses wisconsin, he'll also have lost virginia, ohio, and the election. it's just hard to see romney stronger in wisconsin because of paul ryan than four years ago. but it's very hard to see the path to winning that state for romney. >> yeah, just to jump, in i agree with perry. it is a state that should go democratic. i think what we're seeing to what craig is reporting is the obama campaign does not want people on the ground there or the national media to think of this as a firmly blue state and then get a backlash as the race tightens. and to the point about the walker recall, there are a bunch of conservative-leaning activists who have just been on the ground working hard in that state, and victoriously. it is a completely different model than other places where a little lead will gel. this can tighten. >> matt welch, really quickly, i want to get your take on something you said a few moments ago. if the democrats lose this thing in november, again, we should point out at this point that every poll we have seen over the past seven d
seeing a tightening in the national polls, quote what i care way more about is ohio, colorado, virginia, wisconsin, et cetera. those states i feel the pathways to victory there. there are two different campaigns, one in the battlegrounds and one everywhere else. that's why the national polls aren't relevant to this campaign. that's jim mussina, obama campaign manager. to dig into that a mark murray, joining me the senior political adviser for nbc news. good sunday afternoon to you. a new poll out today in ohio showing mitt romney leading among white voters in that state while president obama leads with women. ohio of course the battleground of battleground states. a microcosm in many ways of the rest of the country as well. which camp should be more conservative about these numbers. >> the mitt romney campaign. and craig, the top-line numbers in that poll. president obama is leading 51% to 46%, a five-point lead, it's pretty consistent with all the polling we've seen out of ohio in the past couple of weeks, including our own nbc/"wall street journal"/marist poll that hayes president oba
in iowa, four stop there'sment and then he is going to go to virginia for a three-day boot camp, if you will, debate camp, wednesday, thursday, friday. he is going the watch the presidential debate on wed night, and then he'll be with his team with that intensive 72-hour period trying to get prepared for joe biden. both sides are crediting the other's with being very good debaters. paul ryan, this is a big step up for him from a congressman to the national stage. he is going up against a formidable opponent in joe biden who has been in the political world for 40 years. so both sides are saying that the other's are really good and they're not taking them for granted. he is prepared and he has been getting briefings on a fairly regular basis. his arms, he is already in good shape. but his arms are probably even leaner and meaner after toting around all those briefing notes. >> ron mott on the road with call rain on the phone for us on this saturday afternoon. ron, thank you, simple. appreciate your work. >> thank you, sir. >>> mitt romney getting some new advice on -- and we're back. mitt
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